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A Police Uniform With a Big Target on the Back

Before he arrived at the fourth checkpoint, Najah Ghazy had the routine down: act relaxed, apologize to the black-masked men for having his beard shaved, and say he was traveling from the Iraqi city of Babylon to visit family here in the capital. When he returns to Babylon in eight weeks, he told himself, he will be charged with arresting such Islamic insurgents. Or, possibly, killing them. Similar treks are made by thousands of Iraqi police recruits to the training academy in Baghdad, invariably these days with their uniforms hidden in plastic bags or gym totes. “Too many of the other students have been discovered,” said Ghazy, 22, who is following his two older brothers into the police force. “How else can we live? There are no other jobs.” Full Story

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